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February 13, 2019

PENGUINS - LOVE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This time of year, love is in the air — and in the zoo. A pair of penguins kept at a San Francisco aquarium have carried on what has become a Valentine’s Day tradition. Biologists handed out red felt hearts to the African penguins kept at the California Academy of Sciences. The birds took the hearts in their beaks — and waddled around their enclosure toward their nests. A rep for the aquarium says the male penguin often takes the heart to its mate. It’s sentimental — and practical. Aquarium officials say the penguins use the felt to help build their nests.

POT SMOKERS ENCOUNTER TIGER IN ABANDONED HOME

HOUSTON (AP) — They went inside an abandoned home to get high — but could have gotten mauled instead. Police in Houston say some people who went into an empty home to get pot ended up getting their buzz killed by an animal that could have killed them: a tiger. The tiger was in a cage. But the pot smokers decided to call the police to tell on themselves — and to get animal control on the case. Officials tell KHOU-TV the tiger was well fed — but that its cage was secured only by a nylon strap and a screwdriver. Authorities say the cage could easily have become open — and if it had, it could have been the tiger who could have gotten a case of the munchies.

UNLUCKY BANDIT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Cold cases sometimes take years to solve. Police in Waterville, Maine, say a state police officer nabbed the bad guy in seconds. The suspect had just robbed a bank, ran across four lanes of traffic and a restaurant parking lot before slipping on ice and dropping his gun and the money in front of a state police special agent. According to the Morning Sentinel, police say a gust of wind then swept the cash across the parking lot and the would-be robber was tackled, handcuffed and hauled off to jail. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun.

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